Internet Librarian 2015 – Sessions Sneak Peek

Internet Librarian banner

In 2 weeks I head to the Internet Librarian conference in Monterrey CA, so I’ve been getting my slides ready. This will be my first IL conference and I’m excited to meet West Coast folks who don’t travel East to Computers in Libraries – especial if you want to talk about libraries and social media […]

Computers in Libraries 2015 – Panel Discussion


The annual Computers in Libraries conference starts next Monday in Washington DC, and on Tuesday I’m leading a panel discussion on “Social Media & Community Engagement.” The description is: “A strong online community can help strengthen a library’s in-person community and contribute to community resilience in times of stress. But how do you develop this? […]

Short Video on Design Thinking

Commuter Book Club

I didn’t do the production on this, but I did write the script and created a lot of the graphics. As a follow up, the Washington Post recently wrote an article about the programs that have come out of this Design Thinking process.

Respect the Book Drop, or How a 13 Year Old Taught Me to Make Vines

Respect the book drop

In January I started asking my friend’s 13 year old about Vine. I have a Vine account, but I hadn’t played with it much, or gotten very far yet in thinking about how the Library might use it. So I asked Spencer to show me who he follows, and the videos he makes. Looking at […]

New PSA Video for

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Kate, our College and Career librarian, does a great job of making the product sound awesome:   We filmed at the Central Library’s 2nd floor Help Desk, using the field kit from Arlington Independent Media (AIM). This was the first time we’d filmed against such a complicated background, and I kind of love the way […]

Hashtags 101, or the rant I’ve been holding in all year…

I kind of love this.

CNN’s December 2013 article “Be Gone Selfie! And Take Twerking with You!” set off my pet peeve about hashtag abuse. While the CNN article is about the over-use of certain new words, not hashtags, it reminded me how frustrated I get when hashtags are misunderstood, misused and generally abused. What’s a hashtag? In practical terms, […]

Art in the Library: Reducing Reflections in Exhibit Photos

Aurora Hills Branch Library gallery space

One of my Branch Managers has a beautiful gallery space in the lobby of her library, but it’s difficult to photograph work on display there because the whole front of the space is glass and windows. Side-view photos of the full exhibit space work just fine: But if you try to take a photo of […]

Is Facebook Still Worth the Effort?

My library has been using Facebook since about 2008. But if I was trying to decide today whether to set up a FB page, and specifically whether the ROI would be worth my effort, I’d have a hard time deciding that it is. For a long time I felt strongly that it offered great opportunities […]

Libraries, Book Dating and Meetup

book dating blog post

Does your library use Meetup? A year and a half ago, one of our then new librarians launched a totally new (to us) program – Book Dating. It’s been delightfully  successful (press coverage has definitely helped), and sometimes we’ve had almost 40 people attend an event. But after a year, promoting Book Dating has presented […]

NOLA to New York (and NJ)

NOLA to New York tumblr

In my exploration of tumblr as a useful media platform, NOLA to New York is my favorite find of the day. It exemplifies of one of the best uses for tumblr – info-sharing that can then be shared to a much wider audience. And it’s just a really good project in general. “Alvin had a […]


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